Cast from type 'Byte()' to type 'String' is not valid.

Hello - I need to use the id from one query to throw into another query.

Thing is the id in the first database is in the format:
but when it shows in a data grid. it just shows:
Byte[] Array
I need to get the value of Byte[] Array as a string in the format:

When I query it in query analyzer, it shows as: 0x00000000000227F1
but, like I say, in my data grid , it just shows as Byte[] Array
So when I try to use it in a query I get the error:
Cast from type 'Byte()' to type 'String' is not valid.

Any ideas?
12/7/2004 4:27:43 PM 91979 articles. 4 followers. Follow

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string str = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetString(buf);

Have a closer look at the System.Text.Encoding
Hope this helps
12/7/2004 4:42:59 PM
Add some .NET code to format it (I got the code from here):

'you could do (from string to byte array):
Dim b() As Byte
Dim utf As New System.Text.UTF7Encoding()
b = utf.GetBytes("hello world")
'and (from byte array to string):
Dim s As String = utf.GetString(b)
Console.WriteLine("and string is {0}", s)
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12/7/2004 4:48:38 PM
I've already tried that thanks. It doesn't work...

This is part of my code:

For i As Integer = 0 To (rowCounter - 1)
Dim utf As New System.Text.UTF7Encoding

curId = utf.GetString(delDs.Tables(0).Rows(i).Item("Members_Id"))

curPp = delDs.Tables(0).Rows(i).Item("Passport_Number")
misCmd.CommandText = "select * from members where MemberID = '" & curId & "'"

And then, just to test, I return the command text as a string and I get:
select * from members where MemberID = '
Note how there's only one '

It's as if throwing the value of whatever

gives me, terminates the sql statement
I've also tried:
Dim utf As New System.Text.UnicodeEncoding

Dim utf As New System.Text.UTF8Encoding

both of these seem to terminate my sql as well..
It's so annoying because if I run the query in query analyzer, I can see the values as strings but it wont have it when I actually want to that field value in another query.....
12/7/2004 5:09:54 PM
the fact that your sql is terminated means that you get a null character (not NULL pointer) in for your string. 

Also, the System.Text.Encoding provides static methods and you don't have to create new encoding objects. That might be issue number one:
string result = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString(buffer);
The second thing I recommend checking is what you are actually getting in your byte[] array. if the first byte is 0, that would be your null terminated string right there.
12/8/2004 12:04:08 AM
Thanks - all of the values for the byte array are something like:

So yes, it will always be a zero at the start of it.
How would I get around this then? It works if I hard code the value into sql, it's the conversion to a string that I'm stuck with.
I don't understand why it's so difficult as query analyzer just returns the values as i want them...
Any ideas?
12/8/2004 10:22:22 AM

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